Manchester United is the dream for the new Mats Hummels

Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji has admitted it is his dream to play for Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho is still keen to strengthen his defence after missing out on the targets he wanted in the summer and while the 23-year-old has never been mentioned on a list of potential targets, he is still dreaming of a move to Old Trafford.

“I have a big dream,” Akanji told NZZ . “To get as far as possible in football. Since my childhood days Manchester United have been my favourite club. I’d like to play there one day.

“But right now, that’s not an issue. I am happy at Dortmund and try to be the best possible person off the pitch.”

Akanji has started all of Dortmund’s games this season and took the captain’s armband off Marco Reus when he was substituted against Nurnberg earlier in the campaign.

And his impressive start to the season and surging forward runs have led to him being compared to former Dortmund captain Mats Hummels.

“I feel from the coach that as a centre-back I should also play a part in the attacking game,” Akanji added. “I have a lot of liberties under Favre and he gives me the belief to start plays from the back.

“But I also must take on more responsibility in defence. At 23, I am the eldest of the two centre-backs. I was the junior last season. I like having more responsibility. I must coach more than before.”

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